Having wrestled the keys from Dan with only about 1,200 miles left, I had to be careful about how often the car was used. Hearts will bleed, I'm sure. Despite that, when a c. 350-mile journey to Wales and back was proposed it wasn't to be refused - the miles had to go at some point, after all.
It was the perfect demonstration of the McLaren's abilities, and a brilliant journey to get to know the car. Driving out of London it drew all manner of positive attention, from school kids to grandparents, and when the traffic snarled up on the M4 it was excellent: plenty of light comes in through the roof, the B&W stereo is fantastic and the tan leather makes the car feel all the more exotic. Yes, we really were stationary for quite a while.
On some more interesting roads the next day - specifically the A470 and A4059 through the Brecon Beacons - the car was even better. Of course it's ballistically quick if you want it to be, but immensely satisfying at any speed because of how well sorted every control is. Just using the throttle, brakes and steering is enjoyable because of how nicely calibrated they are. The P Zero Corsas give the front end an additional edge, enough of one in fact that I'd probably spec a GT with them again. Combined with the low scuttle that's become a McLaren trademark, the GT is a very easy car to place and a lovely car to drive. It was a brilliant weekend.
So yes, despite worrying that there probably wouldn't be opportunity to fully explore such a car, the very opposite has been true. I don't want to stop using it in fact, but I have to; that will be a sad day, but more on that next time...
Car: McLaren 570GT
Run by: Dan and now Matt
On fleet since: April
List price new: £178,735 (Basic list price of £155,755, plus Elite Ice Silver paint £3,490, Super-Lightweight Forged wheels in Stealth £3,490 + £1,110, red brake calipers £900, Rocket Red badge set, Vehicle Tracking System £630, Sports Exhaust £3,240, Luxury Design 2 package in Saddle Tan and Carbon Black from By McLaren Designer Interiors £2,520, Carbon Fibre Interior Pack £2,500, GT Upgrade Pack £5,020, first aid kit and warning triangle £60)
Last month at a glance: Perfect road trip car? There's a case to be made!
The joy of specs
570 GT videoblog
Enjoying the new supercar smell
It's no track car... but it's pretty good on track!
Off to the dealer to sort a few squeaks and rattles
Is it time to try the option tyre? Of Corsa!